Workforce center streamlines processes for job hunters

The Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction has streamlined its processes to offer faster services to people looking for jobs.

People are now directed to a resource room where staff is available to provide information and assist them in registering with the system and searching for jobs. The new process also allows for subsequent appointments with an employment services team to focus on job retention.

Other changes have been made as well said Curtis Englehart, manager of the center.

“In the past, we offered three separate workshops that people could sign up for — job search, resume and interview. To help streamline and reduce the number of revisits, we have converted the three classes into one comprehensive, two-hour workshop that covers all of these topics at once, making it much more convenient for people while still getting them the information they need,” Englehart said.

“We have always done a good job with providing our customers with job leads. This new system allows us to still do that, but also provides a much higher level service when it comes to job retention,” he added.

Veterans will continue to receive priority services — meaning if they want to meet with an employment specialist without going through the steps, staff will see them on a walk-in basis.

“We know that many job seekers are coming into the workforce center with limited time and the need to maximize their time spent was of the utmost importance to us,” said Hollie VanRoosedaal, supervisor of the career development and employment first programs. “This system should reduce wait times and get the client to the best services as quickly as possible with the shortest wait time.”

The Mesa County Workforce Center is located at 512 29 1/2 Road. For more information, call 248-7500 or log on to www.workforcecenter.mesacounty.us.